Richie launches the Westpac Giving Tree (video)

Luke Parker
Richie launches the Westpac Giving Tree (video)

Co-founder of For Everyone Charitable Foundation and Westpac Ambassador Richie McCaw added the first light to the Westpac Giving Tree this morning in Takutai Square Britomart.

Inspired by the season’s spirit of giving, the world’s first Christmas tree powered by donations is set to dazzle visitors to Britomart and online in the lead-up to Christmas.

The Westpac Giving Tree – a Perspex and LED light and sound installation designed by award-winning company Rawstorne studio – has been created to encourage people to start donating using the latest contactless card technology.

Donations received will go to the For Everyone Charitable Foundation.

Founded by McCaw, Dan Carter, and Ali Williams, For Everyone gives out grants to existing NZ community groups for specific projects which can be completed for $5000 or less.

Giving Tree at nightWestpac is For Everyone’s major grants partner and shares a vision of helping communities reach their goals. The partnership means more community groups can get the help they need.

To mark the launch of the Westpac Giving Tree and to celebrate the milestone of the Foundation’s 100th grant, For Everyone gave the Assistance Dogs New Zealand Trust (ADNZ) a grant of $4475 (excl. GST) to be able to breed an additional litter of puppies to keep up with the increase in demand for their much needed service.

ADNZ provide trained dogs to individuals and families who care for a person in their household with a disability or multiple disabilities.

The mission of the Assistance Dogs New Zealand Trust is to enrich the lives of people with disabilities through the provision of reliable service dogs, trained to promote independent living, mobility and companionship.

Donations to the Westpac Giving Tree can be made onsite with any contactless payment card – or through one of the onsite helpers. With every contactless card donation made, a light will be added to the tree and a special light and sound experience will play as a thank you. Visit the WestpacGivingTree.co.nz for opening times.

For those who can’t make it in person, a 24 hour webcam in one of the revolving trees will stream the Westpac Giving Tree experience online. By donating online, viewers can go for a spin inside a tree and get a 360 degree view of the show.

Check out Richie making a donation:

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